Allows personal watercraft to be used as an alternative to a surfboat.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to personal watercraft and certain safety provisions that require their use; and to amend the navigation law, in relation to making technical corrections thereto
PURPOSE: This legislation relates to personal watercraft and certain safety provisions that require their use.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This legislation amends paragraph (a) of subdivision 2 of Section 1341 of the Public Health Law to allow bathing establishments to keep and maintain a personal watercraft vessel as defined in subdivision 30 of Section 2 of the Navigation Law and in compliance with the regulations of the Commissioner, to assist in the rescue of persons in danger of drowning.
JUSTIFICATION: This legislation is being introduced at the request of the Hampton Lifeguard Association (HLA). One of the many programs the HLA has been sponsoring for over eight years is the Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad. This team consists of over 40 ocean-certified members who respond and make ocean rescues at any unprotected beach, day or night, all year long. Their goal is to have at least five rescue swimmers at the rescue site with the necessary safety equipment in less than five minutes.
Section 1341 of the Public Health Law relates to safety requirements for bathing establishments along the seashore of the State of New York. It requires persons maintaining any such bathing establishment to keep and provide a surfboat measuring at least sixteen feet long for the facilitation of the rescue of persons in danger of drowning. In an effort to enhance response time and rescue operations, this measure makes these provisions for personal watercrafts as well.
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1457--A Cal. No. 521 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 7, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. LAVALLE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health -- reported favora- bly from said committee, ordered to first and second report, ordered to a third reading, passed by Senate and delivered to the Assembly, recalled, vote reconsidered, restored to third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to personal water- craft and certain safety provisions that require their use; and to amend the navigation law, in relation to making technical corrections thereto THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 2 of section 1341 of the public health law is amended to read as follows: (a) Every person maintaining any such bathing establishment shall also keep and provide in connection therewith, for the facilitating of the rescue of persons in danger of drowning, a surfboat OR A PERSONAL WATER- CRAFT AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION THIRTY OF SECTION TWO OF THE NAVIGATION LAW AND IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE REGULATIONS OF THE COMMISSIONER. A SURF- BOAT SHALL BE not less than sixteen feet long, on each side of which there shall be hanging ropes arranged so that persons in the water can easily catch hold of same, or be supported thereby. Such boats shall be equipped with two or more sets of oars and life-lines and life-belts, and at least one ring buoy or life preserver, with quarter-inch cotton line, not less than five hundred feet in length, with suitable reel attached thereto. In addition thereto, there shall be anchored on the shore, a suitable reel with a half-inch cotton line not less than five hundred feet in length, with a life-belt attached thereto, kept in good order and proper condition, so that it can readily be used by those assisting in saving life. S 2. Subdivision 30 of section 2 of the navigation law, as added by chapter 830 of the laws of 1990, is renumbered subdivision 30-a. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03872-02-1